Thorstein Skarning (1888-1939) was a Norwegian-born musician and bandleader, who toured the Upper Midwest for over two decades and was a Twin Cities radio personality in the 1930s. Following his death, his son Thorstein B. Skarning kept the orchestra going into the 1950s, promoting it as "the only Norske band in the United States featuring old style mixed music."
PLAYLIST — See JPEG and PDF files for additional information — Tracks 01-18: various artists Tracks 19-21: Thorstein Skarning
NOTES Songs 01-18 are from the repertoire of Thorstein and Anna Skarning or of a similar nature. During the 1930s the Skarning band played a mixture of Norwegian and country western music in a style demonstrated by the Ted Johnson Orchestra's recording of "Ut På Måkeskjær".
NORWEGIAN RECORDINGS — See Image 07 — Thorstein Skarning was born in 1888 near Drammen, Norway. A virtuoso on chromatic button accordion, he made commercial recordings of such tunes as "Skarning's Mazurka" and "Vals Brilliante" while still in Norway. Five of his Norwegian recordings are on the 2017 album “Trekkspillnostalgi fra Modum og Eiker” (Accordion nostalgia from Modum and Eiker) and available through digital download services.